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Building Archimedean Space

by Bogdan Stoica

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As Contributors: Bogdan Stoica
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Date submitted: 2021-09-30 17:05
Submitted by: Stoica, Bogdan
Submitted to: SciPost Physics
Academic field: Physics
  • High-Energy Physics - Theory
Approach: Theoretical


I propose that physical theories defined over finite places (including $p$-adic fields) can be used to construct conventional theories over the reals, or conversely, that certain theories over the reals "decompose" over the finite places, and that this decomposition applies to quantum mechanics, field theory, gravity, and string theory, in both Euclidean and Lorentzian signatures. I present two examples of the decomposition: quantum mechanics of a free particle, and Euclidean two-dimensional Einstein gravity. For the free particle, the finite place theory is the usual free particle $p$-adic quantum mechanics, with the Hamiltonian obtained from the real one by replacing the usual derivatives with Vladimirov derivatives, and numerical coefficients with $p$-adic norms. For Euclidean two-dimensional gravity, the finite place objects mimicking the role of the spacetime are $\mathrm{SL}(\mathbb{Q}_p)$ Bruhat-Tits trees. I furthermore propose quadratic extension Bruhat-Tits trees as the finite place objects into which Lorentzian $\mathrm{AdS}_2$ decomposes, and Bruhat-Tits buildings as a natural generalization to higher dimensions, with the same symmetry group on the finite and real sides for the manifolds and buildings corresponding to the vacuum state.

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Submission 1809.01165v2 on 30 September 2021

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